Pentagon says India debris expected to burn up in atmosphere

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Pentagon says India debris expected to burn up in atmosphere
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07 April, 2019

"In fact the ASAT missile hit the satellite at a such an angle that only few debris went to the higher altitude which, without causing damage to any space assets, will decay in few weeks", said an official.

The United States has said that the issue of space debris is an important concern and it has taken note of the Indian government's statements that its recently conducted anti-satellite test (A-SAT) was created to address "space debris issues", according to US State Department Deputy Spokesperson Robert Palladino. Tapan Misra, senior advisor to ISRO chairman, had said on Tuesday that Indian scientists will not do anything to shame India and that the debris from "Mission Shakti" will burn out in the next six months. He said that even NASA has claimed that the risk was for 10 days which are over today. India has the capacity to hit target up to 1000 km and the test was intentionally held at a lower height. "Best way of defence is to have deterrence". "NASA has conveyed to us that they are continuing with us in space cooperation", the Deputy NSA said.

With 830 satellites, United States leads the world in the number of satellites, followed by China with 280 satellites. NASA had warned that the risk of debris colliding with the International Space Station has risen by 44 per cent since the Indian anti-satellite weapon test. India Becomes Elite Space Power With Successful "Mission Shakti" Test. The DRDO chief said that a "mission of such nature" could not have been kept a secret technically, given the numerous satellites launched by different countries orbiting in space.

On March 27, India shot down one of its satellites in space with an ASAT missile, which made it only the fourth country after the US, Russia and China to have used such a weapon.

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The DRDO chief also said that there is no need of conducting any further test in this orbit (of the target satellite).

On March 30, Chidambaram slammed Prime Minister Narendra Modi for announcing that India had demonstrated anti-satellite missile capability, saying only a "foolish government" would make such a disclosure and "betray" a defence secret.

All critical technologies for the ASAT test were developed indigenously. The idea began around 2014 and development started in 2016 with a go-ahead from the government.


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